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Bioblitz Overview

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Bioblitz Project Overview Phase 1 Project planning
Documentation/collection preparation
Development and testing review methodology
Engagement of specialist reviewers and review preparation Phase 2 Reviewers will each produce a short significance statement
Star objects will be identified & digitised
Potential disposals will be flagged
Above data will be captured & shared (Twitter, blogs) Phase 3 Outdoor Bioblitz events are:
Quick (24hrs);
Involve specialists working with the public & volunteers; and
Have an emphasis on species recording & public engagement. What is a ‘BioBlitz’? Introduction Review the Horniman’s entire Natural History collection; and
Develop and share a new review methodology based on Bioblitz events. We will work in partnership with NatSCA to build a skill sharing network for Collection Reviews. Outcomes / Challenges Outcomes Challenges - General Review Method
Producing a straight forward methodology which is easy to use and enables reviewers to capture specimen level significance quickly. Numbers and diversity of collection
250,000 specimens of different kinds, including taxidermy, skeletal, dry, fluid preserved, rocks, fossils and plants. Ambitious timetable
One year to review all of these with different subject specialists. Challenges - Documentation Incomplete records
Records spread across two databases
Bulk accession issues
Missing registration numbers, labels and data
Old names and hand writing Challenges - Access Issues Crowded store rooms & different collection types
Some material split across museum sites
H&S issues Progress so far Documentation ~6000 vertebrate specimens are 2/3 complete
Locations list & Access database will be ready for December upload Collections Cabinets at SCC moved to allow quick & efficient access
Table in 2/1 to facilitate effective working
Specimens in 2/1 arranged taxonomically
Some specimens reboxed, frozen, relocated
Material in 2/2 and at Forest Hill has been worked through Review Method Existing reviews thoroughly researched
Several prototype methods discussed
Some expert reviewers approached/sorted Sharing Twitter: ~230 followers so far; great comments from the sector
Hornet & website: project overviews
Friends: newsletter piece underway Raise the profile of the Natural History collections
Work with community groups to inform its future use
Use social media to promote the collections, stimulate discussion and generate feedback
Increase access to and use of the collections
Highlight and improve our understanding of the most (and least) significant specimens
Celebrate and digitise the star specimens
Inform the longer term use of the collection
Share review method & findings with sector & staff Data capture
Disseminate review methodology & develop Skills Sharing Swap Shop
Foster ongoing relationships with community groups & local stakeholders
Engage with wildlife groups, artists, etc. to better inform the use of the collections, including deaccessions With a £50,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, in 12 months we aim to: Six Bioblitz reviews with multiple reviewers. Reviews will be split across collection areas, undertaken in one-week blocks. What have we been doing? Checking existing Mimsy records against accession registers, index cards and the specimens themselves
Correcting & adding info as needed
Resulting in one record per specimen, as complete as possible Next...? Detailed planning of Bioblitz 1 & 2 Test review methodology Begin documentation work on other groups Plan public engagement strategy Use blogging & social media more purposefully
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